A technique for estimating transfer functions in partial fraction expansion form from frequency response data for a high-order system is presented. The problem formulation avoids many of the numerical difficulties associated with high-order polynomials and has the advantage of having the option to fix the camping and frequency of a mode, if known, during the estimation process. The resulting transfer function(s) may be converted to Jordan-Form time domain equations directly. During the implementation of this technique, a frequency and amplitude normalizing window was developed that maximized the efficiency of the optimization algorithm. The combination of estimating the transfer function in factored form, the ability to fix preciously determined parameters and the effectiveness of the normalizing window led to a progressive approach to synthesizing transfer functions from frequency response data for high-order systems.